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Old 06-11-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
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Yoni is 10 weeks old and quite feisty. He can be very calm, sweet, and affectionate. But other times he is off the walls (like any puppy), which I'm fine with... I mean, I did choose a yorkie! The only problem is he likes to bite. A lot. It doesn't really hurt because his teeth are still so small.... but it's really annoying and we aren't sure how to get him to stop. We've tried yelping and giving a firm "no," we've tried getting up and walking out of the room, but neither worked. The former would make him really angry and bite us again, and he doesn't seem to respond to the latter.

Is this behavior normal? Should I be worried about him being too aggressive as an adult? Is he too young to understand?
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Pixie went through a biting stage about 10-12 weeks and what I did was when she would bite I would say OUCH and stand up and walk away for about 3 min and not play with her or I would turn my back on her and ignore her.
He will outgrow it and he is young but don't allow him to do it bc then he will think biting is ok. you can also give him some chewing toys bc he is teething and that might help the situation. You could try a bully stick they just love these but I would always watch him when he has a bully stick. Never leave him unattended with anything like that bc they can choke.Free Range Dog Chews Bully Sticks 12" Select - Olive: Green Goods for Modern Dogs
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I hate to admit this, as I really stress positive training, but I just stumbled on this and it is working for me. I got a 7 month old Italian Greyhound foster a week ago Wed. She bounces off the walls too, and gets totally wound up. She is also mouthy, she likes to try to tooth wrestle with my hand when I am holding her on my lap. Generally, her bite inihibition is good, but one day she bit too hard, and I blew on her, kind of hard. It worked! Since then, every time she started biting my hand, I gave her a good puff. It reminds her not to bite and she has gotten much better about not biting my hand.
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I meant to add that if trying to get him to mouth or bite something else doesn't work, or the yelping doesn't work, then you might try the puff of air. I'd try to get him to put something else in his mouth first.
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I wish I could help as I totally sympathize with you. Mine does that all the time and I yelp and turn away but that only works for a few seconds. I place chew toys in her mouth but she likes my hands better. I figured it was because I am training her and giving her treats when she does something good and that she possibly associates my hands with something good to eat. Today I didn't treat as much but nothing has changed as she has acted the same..treats or not! I hope someone can help us both!!
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When Callie was a puppy and nipping we used a spray bottle and would squirt her (not in the face) and say a firm no. After awhile If she would nip and we would reach for the bottle she would stop before needed to be squirted. Also make sure he has a lot of things to chew on like bones and toys.
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My hands feel your pain too! Jax is 14 1/2 weeks old and he bites ALL OF THE TIME! I have tried chew toys, teething toys, wet washcloth, a sock with ice cubes in it....etc, etc, He currently likes the belt I am wearing while he sits in my lap. Oh and my computer now has bite marks all over the corner from this little monster Hopefully, he will grow out of this......and hopefully your pup will too.
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I just posted something about biting on another post but this method's working for me.

Puppy Play Biting vs. Aggressive Biting: Basic Puppy Care | eHow.com

I've been using that method for the past 1-2 weeks now and I'm seeing good results. It's still "work in process" but Magnus's biting issues are definitely better. Good luck!
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There are as many methods as there are stars in the sky- Find the humane one that works for your individual pup. This link lists a few of the MANY methods: Bite Inhibition.
Hope this helps & good luck
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I just posted something about biting on another post but this method's working for me.

Puppy Play Biting vs. Aggressive Biting: Basic Puppy Care | eHow.com

I've been using that method for the past 1-2 weeks now and I'm seeing good results. It's still "work in process" but Magnus's biting issues are definitely better. Good luck!

Why would you even want to do that to a tiny puppy?
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I just posted something about biting on another post but this method's working for me.

Puppy Play Biting vs. Aggressive Biting: Basic Puppy Care | eHow.com

I've been using that method for the past 1-2 weeks now and I'm seeing good results. It's still "work in process" but Magnus's biting issues are definitely better. Good luck!
I have an issue with that method also.
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I just posted something about biting on another post but this method's working for me.

Puppy Play Biting vs. Aggressive Biting: Basic Puppy Care | eHow.com

I've been using that method for the past 1-2 weeks now and I'm seeing good results. It's still "work in process" but Magnus's biting issues are definitely better. Good luck!
I think that's a little extreme. Some of the other options can be effective, they just take time and patience.
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I apologize if I offended anyone with that method. As I explain in the other post, I've tried all the other methods with no success and the biting issue was getting to a point where Magnus was drawing blood. I had one incident where he bite down so hard and wouldn't let go that I had about half and inch of cut on my hand.

This might sound like an excuse but Magnus is bit bigger than your "standard" yorkie. He's over 9.5 lbs. I wouldn't have used that method in fear of hurting him if he was smaller.

In any case, I didn't mean to upset anyone. Sorry.
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No offense, but I have 150+ lb Neapolitan Mastiffs which are WAY more sturdy than a 9.5 lb dog I wouldn't dream of using that method with them, jmo. There are other ways and IF you're consistent (and patient), the other ways will work. There are a million links out there on "bite inhibition" with as many methods- just saying...

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No offense taken.

I do hope all owners have success using those other, less aggressive methods. As for me, I had other... things to consider and choose what I felt was best for everyone.
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